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Is Anyone Here A Swimmer?

Sat Aug 12, 2000 7:10 am

I am joining my High School Swim Team next week, and I was wondering if anyone else is a swimmer here. If you could give me some of your experiences or tell me how it is I would really appreciate it. Thanx

RE: Is Anyone Here A Swimmer?

Sat Aug 12, 2000 7:49 am

For recreation yeah, I love it. Swim laps at the gym...I love the water. I was going to join my high school swimteam and the day try outs rolled around, I forgot!!! I regret not going afterwards and saying, "ummmm I forgot..I still want to join" They wouldn't have told me no , but I just blew it off...so join up and enjoy!!!
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RE: Is Anyone Here A Swimmer?

Sat Aug 12, 2000 10:45 am

I was a swimmer in High School.
And now I do recreational swimming whenever I get a chance.

Although I did all the strokes, my best were 200 and 500 free as well as free in the medley relay.

Just a word of caution:
Those flags are above both ends of the pool for a reason.

When I was starting out, I found that out the hard way while doing the back stroke, and my knuckles still bear the scars of where I slammed them into the concrete edge of the pool because I wasn't paying attention to them.

Good luck.
I'll have to dig out my old swimming records and post what my best times were.
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RE: Is Anyone Here A Swimmer?

Sat Aug 12, 2000 11:02 am

Well I wasn't in my High School swim team as there were people better than me around, but I am more of a long-haul swimmer myself. I have done quite a few 5K swims (why can't they do it in MILES damnit! It's 3.15 miles) in the recent past for the school... and it's surprizingly easy - at least if you're used to it - once you get about a quarter of the way thru. I do everything long-haul in backstroke as it's my stroke of choice. My average time for the 5K is around 1:45. Notamazing, but not bad, and the stamina is more important, I believe, than the speed. Just don't stop!!! Keep going and as you go it really does get easier.

Say you have a 100ft pool - and therefore 150 lengths is 5K - the first 20 lengths are easy - the next ten are the worst of the whole thing - and then from then on in it gets easier provided you stick with the same stroke and get the rhythm going and keep it going. By length 100, you are on autopilot - but at least with me, nothing hurts by that point! And then, just to add insult to injury, when you get home do some situps - they keep you from being completely immobile the next day!!!

The flag at the end of the pool at 18 feet from the ends of the pool I believe - and the reason they are there is that, when you start to swim, (not everytime, just the first couple of times) you should count (when swimming backstroke) how many strokes it takes you to reach the end of the pool... so the idea is that you know exactly when to roll over and tumble turn to face, and then swim, the other way by instinct without hitting the end or having to do a stroke on your front - which is a disqualification 'offense'.


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